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March 16, 2012

Sorting, Part I

by dan rodriguez

This post by some empirically-minded law profs is getting some buzz.  The principal claim is that young lawyers from lower-ranked schools will be more likely to make partner than those from higher-ranked schools.

This conclusion (with the notable data caveats described in the post) is followed by various speculative explanations.

More on these claims shortly, but, for now, I want to highlight one of the explanations noted: that admissions criteria deemphasize the kind of skills that yield post-grad success in big law firms.  Not nearly true of Northwestern Law’s admission program, a program that zeroes in, through interviews and work preference, on precisely these set of skills.

Stay tuned for another post on this subject.

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